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Course Guide for GIS Classes: Home

Guide to data and resources for GIS Courses.

What is in this guide?

This guide provides links and search tools to help you find spatial data and ideas for your GIS course. This guide includes spatial data sorted by topic, links to help you find project ideas, and citation resources.

For information about GIS Software, see our GIS Software Guide.

For information on general geospatial datasets, including datasets broken up by geographic units (i.e. state, local, and federal data), see our Spatial Data Online Guide.

Search the Library's Collection of Geospatial Data

Search our spatial data collection:

Spatial Data by Topic

Alternative Energy

Business Location Data






Historical Mapping


Land Use Land Cover Change (LULCC)

Natural Hazards




Water Resources

Web Mapping Services


GIS Librarian

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Philip McDaniel
Digital Research Services, Davis Library

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Digital Research Support Specialist

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Tia Francis

Need a topic for your GIS project?

Don't know what to do for your GIS project? Investigate these resources to see what professionals are doing and to find ideas for a topic of your own. These are just a few ideas from Joseph Kerski's blog post.


You've picked a project topic, found your datasets, and cited your data - now you need to communicate what you've found to an audience. Maps are a great tool for visualizing geospatial data, but a lot goes into making a great map. Look at these resources below for help picking colors, composing your map, and more! Here's a compilation of resources for choosing colors (including colorblind friendly palettes), typography, and more from Andrew Norris' blog post.